Monday, 25 September 2017

An upgrade

A couple of months ago I sold my Sweet 16 sit-down machine and upgraded to a HQ Simply 16 machine with Little Foot frame.  Lately I've been concerned about the amount of time that I spend sitting down (sitting down to sew at my machine, to quilt and of course sitting down at night watching TV) and it made sense to me to consider changing to a machine which would allow me to stand up more.

Another reason was that I had been having a lot of pain in my wrists and thumbs and I think that as I was doing a lot of quilting with a double batting this exacerbated it. An xray and ultrasound showed that I had mild arthritis in my thumbs, some visits to a specialist hand therapist helped and also confirmed that the way I was quilting wasn't helping my arthritis. 

It was a bit like a jig saw fitting the new machine in my work room, I moved my sewing machine table to a slightly different position which gave me a bit more floor space and allowed me to hide quite a few containers underneath it.

In the meantime there is a bit of a learning curve getting used to a slightly different way of quilting so I will be doing a bit of practise on panels and various other bits and pieces that I have lying around.  I am getting quite a stack of quilts ready for quilting once I'm up to speed.

This cushion cover was one of my first quilting practise pieces, it was a Trapunto challenge from the monthly Handi Quilter group that I attend.  Some of it was done using stitch regulation and some in manual mode, I enjoyed both modes.


  1. Your trapunto cushion is gorgeous Pip! You'll be whipping through that pile of quilt tops before you know it!

  2. Love your cushion Pip. I've never had a go at trapunto. So very effective! I'd be interested to know how you find your new machine. I'll need to make a change to help my arthritic hands!

  3. Congratulations on the new machine (and for your reasons behind the change). I, too, have arthritis in my thumbs and certain things like hand stitching and too much keyboarding seriously aggravate it. LOVELY cusion cover!

  4. p.s. Really like that CREATE piece on your design wall with the pair of liberated birds. Very fun!

  5. I'm in awe of your beautiful quilting, Pip. What amazing skills you have! I have dabbled in patchwork but I never get very far. I typically end up using the fabrics for something else;) Meg


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